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My 10×10 Closet Challenge - Fall Edition (2018) - Day 1-5

The 10x10 challenge is always such an exciting time for me!

I spend more time than I care to admit coming up with new outfit combinations and scrolling through the #fall10x10 and #10x10friends hashtags on Instagram (PS: did you know you can follow a hashtag on Instagram?)

It's so much fun to make new friends, get inspiration from you all and reflect on my relationship with style, community and society in general.

In this regard, the hashtag #10x10representationmatters caught my attention and made my heart explode. There's so much truth and wisdom in the posts published by people who are generally underrepresented in the fashion industry in general and on the little piece of the Internet that the 10x10 challenge occupies.

You know what else made my week? This twinning look!

Fall 10x10 Jewelry Capsule with Seaworthy, Passage and Via Raiz

Before I show you all the wonferful combination I came up with, I'd like to share with you the little jewelry capsule collection I borrowed from friends and local business owners for this 10x10. It features pieces made by/sold by:

  • Passage Jewerly, designs inspired by natural and spiritual elements, handmade in Portland, OR: use code "Chloe20" for 20% off

  • Seaworthy, jewelry and home accessories, handmade in Portland, OR: use code "CHLOE" for 20% off on full price items.

  • Via Raiz, a place where Mexican craftsmanship meets modern design.

Fall 10x10 Day 1 Look - Everlane Utility Pants in Golden Brown by Conscious by Chloé

Day 1

Fall is such an unpredictable season. You might have the chance to have a "late summer" or suddenly get caught in a rain storm.

Confession: we still have not turned the heater on a home, and just put on one more layer underneath or on top of others.

To me, this is the perfect transition look. Closed toe shoes, pants, and a basket, the ultimate summer accessory, to make belive that summer is not over yet. Of course, I kept my jacket close by, for the crisper evenings.

Fall 10x10 Day 2 Look - Everlane Cashmere Crew Sweater in Heather Grey by Conscious by Chloé

Day 2

You see me laughing in the picture because I'm happily surprised about the fact that I can sit somewhat comfortably on a stool while wearing a pair of high-waisted jeans.⠀

Side note: I've fallen in love again with them after I cut the hem raw (you might have caught a glimpse of the process a while ago in my stories).⠀

Fall 10x10 Day 3 Look - Everlane Cashemere Crew Sweater & Wide Leg Crop Pants in Black by Conscious by Chloé

Day 3

This combination is way too easy and obvious and I could have kept it for later in the challenge, when it's getting harder to come up with creative options, but sometimes, it's OK to chose the easy route.

I usually follow the rule according to which black does not pair well with navy, but decided to go agaisnt it and absolutely love the result.

Message for Octave: Please note that this bag is on my wishlist, wink wink!

Fall 10x10 Day 4 Look - Everlane Cashmere Crew Sweater in Heather Grey by Conscious by Chloé

Day 4

This is my favorite look so far. I love the proportions, the sweater tucked into the high waisted pants, the cropped jeans, the makes ankles, the heeled clogs that elongate the silhouette.

About wooden clogs: As you can tell from the color of the wood I've had these clogs for 3 years now and are my go-to pair when I want to feel dressed up while keeping a casual vibe. I've sanded the soles this summer to give them a fresh look but it did not last long because I always walk in the dirt. That's fine by me.⠀

A French commercial for kids clothing once said: "À quoi ça sert d'imaginer des vêtements si on peut rien faire dedans ?" which translates into "What's the point of designing clothes if we can't do anything in them?"⠀

That's my philosophy. Wear the fancy clothes, use the good China. Just don't forget to give them a little TLC from time to time.⠀

Fall 10x10 Day 5 Look - Everlane Utility Pants in Golden Brown & Cashmere Crew Sweater in Heather Greyby Conscious by Chloé

Day 5

I was really not sure about this color combo, but you convinced me on Instagram that it was a classic, so I'll take it.

A word about Everlane's cashmere crews: The grey sweater really has a different feel compared to the black one (shown in the Day 3 look) even though they are the same size. It translates in the way it falls. The black one seems thicker and with a tighter fit whereas the grey one feels lighter and loser. I love them both, but thought it was worth mentioning...

Pictures by Alba Betancourt shot at Tendue.

Are your participating in the 10x10 challenge? Put a link to your profile or website in the comments? I'd love to follow along!

My 10×10 Closet Challenge - Fall Edition (2018)

2018 Fall 10x10 Challenge and capsule Closet by Conscious by Chloé

Pictures by Alba Betancourt shot at Tendue.

If you've been reading the blog for some time, you know I love the 10x10 challenge. I've participated twice - once last fall and once in the spring of 2017.

I did not get to participate last spring and summer, as I've been traveling a lot this year and haven't gotten a chance to properly create capsule wardrobes for these seasons (though I could have posted about what I packed for my trips now that I think about it...).

This fall, I'm very excited to give it another try!

I did a major closet clearing a couple months ago and downsized it a lot! I sold many pieces via a consignment store and made some more money by exchanging the remaining ones for trade at resell stores. And now, I'm in love with my closet again and cannot wait to experiment with old and new pieces.

But let's start with a little reminder:

What's the 10×10 Challenge

For those of you who are new around here, let me give you a quick intro.

The 10x10 challenge was initiated by sustainable style blogger Lee a couple seasons ago and has since been taken by style adventurers all around the world.

The rules are simple:

  • Pick any 10 items from your current closet
  • Style those items into 10 different looks
  • Use 10 days to do it
  • Have fun and don’t take it too seriously!

This includes outerwear, tops, bottoms, and shoes. Accessories don't count (yay!).

You can choose to do 10 days in a row, or, like most people seem to be doing lately, do 5 work days, take a break during the weekend, and start again the following Monday for 5 more work days.

2018 Fall 10x10 Challenge and capsule Closet by Conscious by Chloé

My 10 Pieces

As you'll see, I am not taking any risk this time. I'm sticking to a neutral fall palette and focusing on accessories. I have a not so secret love for high waisted pants, so this is all you'll see in this challenge. No jumpsuits, no dresses. I wanted all my tops, bottoms and shoes to be interchangeable so I would not have to rack my brains in the morning to find the right combination.

4 Tops

Jungmaven Hemp Tee by Conscious by Chloé

Everlane Cashmere Crew Black by Conscious by Chloé

Everlane Cashmere Crew Heather Grey by Conscious by Chloé

Vintage Blue Kimono Jacket by Conscious by Chloé

3 Bottoms

Everlane Wide Crop Pant True Black by Conscious by Chloé

Everlane Wideleg Crop Utility Pant Golden Brown by Conscious by Chloé

American Apparel Mom Jeans DIY Raw Hem by Conscious by Chloé

3 Pairs of Shoes

Nisolo Paloma Mule Brandy by Conscious by Chloé

Nina Z Niko Clogs Black by Conscious by Chloé

Everlane Day Heel Natural Suede by Conscious by Chloé

Join the #10x10friends community!

It's never too late to take part in the challenge. Today, I've presented you the pieces I chose for this season but I will only post my looks this Friday and the following one. So chose your picks, have fun and make sure you come back here at the end of the week to see how I styled my 10 items for the first half of the challenge!

Are you in? What’s the weather like in your area? Which items are you the most excited to style this season?